The Basset Hound: Friendly and Fun-Loving


Basset Hound

The Bassett Hound is one of America’s top five breeds and a frequent winner at dog shows nationwide.

Standing just 14 inches tall and weighing in at between 50 and 65 pounds, this dog will be a happy part of your family for 10-12 years.

Breed History

Originally bred for hunting small game – and their low-to-the-ground size makes them perfect for this – they love hanging out with their families and playing with kids.

They are keen scent hounds and that trait is second only to their cousins, the Bloodhound. It is thought that they descended from the St. Huber Hound which is the ancestor of the bloodhound.

First popular in France with the aristocracy, they quickly became the hound of choice after the French Revolution when the French wanted a game hound they could follow on foot and not on horseback.

Bassets came to America during the early days of the settlers but it wasn’t until the 20th century that they rose in popularity. What rocketed this breed to superstardom was their place in history as the face of Hush Puppy shoes.


Even though they tend to be low slung, Bassetts are strong, big dogs in a tiny body. The most common coat colors include a tri-color of tan, black and white, black and white, brown and white and red and white.

Droopy skin gives him a sad hound dog look.


This breed gets along with everybody. And we do mean everybody. Kids, other pets, adults. He’s a laid back couch potato inside but get him on the scent of a bunny and he’s off.

He loves to be with other dogs and may have some separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time. Early socialization and training with food rewards works best.

Puppy Basset Hound

Health Concerns

While most Bassetts are healthy, some can develop a list of issues like gastric torsion, ear infections and are prone to back problems because of their size.

Obesity is also a serious issue for this breed. Maintaining a healthy weight … despite the pleading looks for more food … will help keep health issues at bay.


Puppy class is a must for a Bassett hound because, without early training and socialization, they can become stubborn and head strong.

Do some of your training outdoors, especially with a reliable recall that will bring his focus right back to you and off the scent.

Try to discourage jumping on and off furniture as a puppy because this can put undue stress on their joints.

Grooming Requirements

One of the most important requirements for grooming of a Basset hound is to clean their years and facial wrinkles as well as wiping up any drool. Their short hair makes them easy to groom and they normally don’t need a bath with soap and water unless they have rolled and something stinky.

You can groom with a hound glove and if you do this weekly you will keep shedding to a minimum.

Because Basset hounds are low to the ground they can get very dirty and ear infections can be a problem so keep an eye on any dirt or wax buildup.

A Basset hound is a great addition to any family and should be on your list of hounds to check out.


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WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.